Fantasy Football Week 16: Streaming options thin on offense, but plenty of defenses available
Heath Cummings says you should probably just stick with your quarterback or tight end, but defense provides multiple opportunities.
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The only way you're considering streaming quarterback is if you have Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins or maybe Aaron Rodgers. Otherwise, you should stick with your starter because the streaming options aren't great. I have included some good options at quarterback who are owned in more than 80 percent of leagues just because you're only competing with one other team on the waiver wire.
Baker Mayfield has disappointed against some very good matchups this season, but one of the times he didn't let us down was Week 12 against the Bengals. He threw for 258 yards and four touchdowns in his best Fantasy game of the season. Now he'll face them again in Week 16 (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, available on fuboTV).
The Bengals have been dreadful against just about everything, so this is about far more than one good game from Mayfield. I'd expect a highly-efficient game with a floor around 20 Fantasy points and a ceiling that would put him in the top five.
Dak Prescott let us down in Week 15 at Indianapolis, but I expect a bounceback at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cowboys have a high implied total and the Buccaneers have a bad secondary. Precott is at the top of a tier that includes Jameis Winston and Lamar Jackson. None of them are in my top-12 quarterbacks, but I prefer all of them this week to Newton, Cousins, and Philip Rivers
Here's the deal. There are six good tight ends. Maybe seven if Odell Beckham is out again. Then there are a bunch of guys. Jimmy Graham, David Njoku, Kyle Rudolph, Trey Burton, Austin Hooper and Cameron Brate are all fine low-end starters with almost no floor. Chris Herndon, Ian Thomas, Blake Jarwin, C.J. Uzomah, Jordan Thomas and Blake Jarwin are all fine streamers, but again, no floor.
What it really comes down to is what you want to bet on. If you just want the best chance at a score, I would suggest Brate, Burton or Njoku. If you want to bet on targets, I'd look at Uzomah, Thomas, Graham or Jarwin.
I wouldn't blame you for changing tight ends because yours was terrible last week, but that's not really a very good process. Check out our rankings, see where your tight end ranks, and decide whether you can live with what he gives you. For what it's worth, Thomas is still my highest ranked tight end under 65 percent ownership.
Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are now without Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. They're on the road against a Browns team that is playing some of its best football. And this is a Browns defense that has been pretty good for Fantasy even without great matchups. It is a top-eight defense this week against Jeff Driskel.
The Dolphins and Jaguars have been two of the hardest teams to predict all season. But one thing we should feel pretty confident in is this Jacksonville offense being terrible. Since Cody Kessler took over, the Jags have scored two touchdowns in three games. Blake Bortles may have earned his benching, but Kessler is even worse.
This one is probably dependent on Beckham, much like Evan Engram. Without Beckham, the Giants offense is too easy to defend. And let's give the Colts some credit; they did just shut out the Dallas Cowboys.
Maher and Bailey are both kicking in controlled environments. They're both on teams that should cruise in the second half and put up a lot of points. Elliott is the one you have to watch. He's the best kicker of the group, but it's too early to know what the weather is going to be like in Philadelphia. If it's bad he's a clear downgrade.
So who should you sit and start? And what shocking running back could win you Week 16? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy football rankings for every single position, and see which shocking RB finishes in the top 15 this week, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.
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